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Helping NIH Trainees in Distress

The NIH hosts a large population of trainees, from high school students to postdoctoral fellows, which swells to more than 6000 in the summer.  Given their age, the transitional nature of their NIH experiences, and possible cultural discomfort, this group is particularly prone to psychological stress and distress.  Over the last year, Marilyn Pao, MD, and Debbie Snyder, MSW, of NIMH have chaired a trans-NIH committee tasked with assisting these trainees and their mentors/supervisors.  The group has aimed both to facilitate identification of trainees in distress and to publicize the availability of resources and services to assist them. Their efforts have produced a Distressed Trainee Toolkit that consists of 5 elements.

Distressed Trainee Toolkit